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Stuck Truck, Computer Curtains, Race Horses


The sign on the underpass read “Ten Foot Clearance,” and the driver of the truck was sure he could make it through so he continues forward rather slowly. There was a loud crunching sound and the truck came to a sudden stop. He had miscalculated and his truck was stuck tight. No other vehicle could get through the underpass and traffic was soon backed up for a mile.

Police officers arrived and radioed for a tow truck. Irate motorists spent the time blowing their car horns which added to the confusion.

The truck was still stuck a half hour later when a young girl on a bicycle came along and offered a suggestion. Within a few minutes the truck was unstuck and traffic was moving along again. The young girl had simply suggested that they let some of the air out of the truck tires. They did it and it worked.

The story is told of a lady who entered a store that sold curtains. She told the salesperson, “I would like to buy a pair of pink curtains.” The salesperson assured her that they had a large selection of pink curtains and proceeded to show her several patterns but the woman seemed to have a hard time choosing.

Finally, the lady selects a lovely pink floral print and the salesperson then asks her what size curtain she needs. The woman promptly replies, “Fifteen inches.” “Fifteen inches?” asked the salesperson, “that sounds very small. What room are they for?”

The lady tells him that they aren’t for a room, but they are for her computer monitor. The surprised salesperson replies, “But madam, computers do not need curtains.” The woman says, “Hello, I’ve got windows on my computer.”

Another story is told of a man who was sitting quietly reading his paper when his wife walked up behind him and slapped him on the head with a magazine. “What was that for?” he demanded. “That was for the piece of paper in your pants pocket with the name Laura Lou written on it,” she replied.

“Two weeks ago when I went to the races Laura Lou was the name of one of the horses I bet on,” the man explained. “Oh honey, I am sorry,” his wife said. “I should have known there was a good explanation.”

Three days later the husband was watching a ball game on television when his wife walked up and hit him on the head again. “What was that for?” he screamed. “Your horse just called,” she replied.

George Adams once said that one reason why men and women lose their heads so often is that they use them so little. It is the same with everything. If we have anything that is valuable it must be put to some sort of use. If a man’s muscles are neglected he soon has none, or rather none worth remembering.

The more the mind is used the more flexible it becomes and the more it takes upon itself new interests.

Adams also said that one reason why so many people are unhappy is that they have burdened their minds with resentments. These evil thoughts pile right on top of happier and generous ones and smother them so that they never get expression.

Resentments are a form of hate. What a world this would be if we all worked together and actually played together.

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